Zia Mian is a physicist with the Program on Science and Global Security at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and a columnist for Foreign Policy In Focus.
India and Pakistan continue to prepare for war even though the majority of people in both countries want peace, reports columnist Zia Mian.
Pakistani support for al-Qaeda has declined. But so has support for U.S. policy.
The United States is arming both India and Pakistan, encouraging India’s nuclear program, and destabilizing the region through its military efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan, argues Zia Mian.
The Obama administration has promised to pursue nuclear abolition. Columnist Zia Mian provides the new president with a way to fulfill this promise.
The release of A. Q. Khan reveals that nuclear proliferation takes a back seat to other U.S. priorities, columnist Zia Mian explains.
Pakistan’s failure to confront Islamic militants is a threat to itself, its neighbors, and the world.
The unpopularity of the United States in Pakistan should force Washington to rethink its policies, argues columnist Zia Mian.
A decade after India and Pakistan exploded their nuclear devices, the cloud that still hangs over South Asia is growing darker.
Five years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, observes columnist Zia Mian, the costs of war stagger the imagination.
If the United States cant secure its own nuclear complex, why expect Pakistan to do it any better?
Musharraf tries to stamp out a movement for democracy that could confront him and the larger structure of army rule.
Zia Mian explains how U.S. arms policy in South Asia sells death and destruction and buys little influence.
While Congress fiddles with legislation, Iraq burns. The price for this political theater, guest columnist Zia Mian writes, will be paid by Iraqis.
Nuclear proliferation can at best only be slowed down through a process of sanctions and double standards. The use of force shall serve to make other states believe that if only they had the bomb they would be safe. This way leads to catastrophe. The alternative, non-proliferation by cooperation and consent, cannot succeed as long as the United States is insistent on retaining and improving its nuclear arsenal and allowing its allies to have these weapons.
The current South Asian crisis seems to have ebbed, but the underlying dynamic remains.
There is reason to believe nuclear capability may make the chances of war worse in South Asia.